Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. Job 14:1

I know that in life there are many struggles, disappointments, hardships and pains. Life can be very trying at times; it may even seem that you are never able to get a leg up.  Trouble is everywhere; problems seem to always find where you are; no matter how hard you try to prevent them: whether it is health, family, friends, co-workers, or financial; something will always show up that will be a source of frustration.  I know that life can be hard at times; it can sometimes discourage and dishearten you to the point of despondency.  But don’t despair because there is hope for the child of God; the grace of God helps us to endure life’s hardships.

The Psalm writer in Psalms 42 was agonizing over a situation he was having to endure. He was at his wits end; he then came to himself and asked himself a question, he asked, “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me?  Hope in God; for I shall again praise Him, my salvation and my God.” (Psalms 42:5 ESV) The Psalmist looks deep within and admonishes himself because of his despondency.  He then encourages himself through his knowledge of who God is.

It is no secret that the child of God will face hardship while living on earth; we should not be surprised by the trials that come our way. The Apostle Peter told those believers who were suffering for the cause of Christ as they endured the persecution from Emperor Nero against all Christians, he said, “…Think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you. But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when His glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.” (I Peter 4:12-13). We must learn to grow from our difficult times, and understand that God is causing us to long for our eternal home with Him in glory. It always appears that many Christians always talk about going to heaven, but no one wants to die in order to get there.  The Apostle Paul expressed a very comforting truth when he said, “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” II Corinthians 4:17.

It is imperative that we come to the understanding that the trials and hardships of this life do not compare to the eternal bliss that the child of God will experience as soon as our feet touch down in glory, and we look into the eyes of our Savior; everything that we had to endure on this side of life will be worth it on the other side of life.  Paul said it like this, “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18. Just hold on a little while longer.  It will be worth it!

Your servant in Christ,

Pastor Moore